Welcome to your Netflix Streaming Report for November 13, 2014. After the long week you deserve a relaxing staycation with a bowl of popcorn, a bucket of ice cream, and only your Netflix queue to judge you. This past week, Netflix Watch Instant has been kind enough to supply us with Pirates of the Caribbean, Scream 4, Nebraska, and more, which you’ll find after the break.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Gore Verbinski) Rated PG-13 [143 min] – Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate “Captain” Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor’s daughter, from Jack’s former pirate allies, who are now undead. Starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, and Kiera Knightely
The first Pirates movie will always hold a special place as one of the best live-action films Disney has ever done, and quite possibly will ever make. Other fantasy properties like Alice and Wonderland or Maleficent can’t compete with the brilliant balance of the obscure and grounded reality that The Curse of the Black Pearl has. The combination between the chemistry amongst the actors, a smart script, gorgeous production design, and a cinematic adventure make for one of the best greatest tales on film of the last 15 years.
Nebraska (Alexander Payne) Rated R [115 min] – An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize. Starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk
I found Nebraska to be overly hyped. It’s a bunch of old people being old. There are some beautiful moments due to the black and white cinematography, but the film is a bore with nothing really much to say. Nebraska tries to be profound about life, I don’t see it.
Scream 4 (Wes Craven) Rated R [111 min] – Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer. Starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Emma Roberts, and David Arquette
Scream is one of the first to enter the realm of meta horror, but its successors have seriously lacked the punch of the original. Scream 4 is a step above Scream 3, but tries to cram too much in to try and make the climax a big reveal that isn’t earned. This franchise needs an overhaul, and I don’t think a new MTV show will help. Simplicity is a better way to go.
Helix (Season 1) (Cameron Porsandeh) – A team of scientists are thrust into a potentially life-or-death situation in this thriller, which begins with the group being deployed to the Arctic to secretly investigate what could be a disease outbreak. Starring Billy Campbell, Kyra Zagorsky, and Jordan Hayes
I haven’t seen this show, but it sounds fairly interesting.
What will you be watching this weekend? Look forward to more new titles from The Streaming Report every Thursday on TTRC.
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All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com